In the Teacher Education and Administration department, Dr. Colleen Eddy, Associate Professor, is my mentor. We have ongoing conversations, she has hosted me and my family at her home for dinner (spring 2018), and we frequently talk over lunch or coffee.
As part of my new-hire training, I have been part of a campus-wide mentoring group. I have three faculty mentors: Jo Monahan, Alan Albarran, Lisa Dicke). Our mentoring group meets once or twice outside of UNT related mentoring lunches and events. For example, we met for lunch at the Gateway Center in November 2017. I connect with Jo Monahan on a consistent basis; she stops by my office about once a month to check-in with me and see if I have any needs or concerns.
Mentorship of Faculty and Students
I am a faculty mentor for Dr. Jeannette Ginther, Senior Lecturer of Language and Literacy, who joined our faculty in Fall 2017. We communicate often, operating under my “open door policy.” She participated in a book club during fall 2017 with Dr. Angela Randall and I, and we read “What the Best College Teachers Do” and went out for lunch to discuss the most helpful tips covered in the book. We continue to read books together and we connect on ways to improve our teaching practices.
- Member, Kelly Hayunga: “Elementary Students’ Perceptions of their Authentic Engagement When Using iPads in the Classsroom.” Defended 10/2018.
- Member, Nydia Prishker. “Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Teachers on the Use of Technology Applications with Young Children.” Defended 5/8/2018.
- Member: Bill Visco. Analysis of 1:1 iPads on End-of-Course High School Exam Scores.
- Member: LaTasha Goodwin. “Case study reading interventions to meet the needs of below grade level readers in a regular ELA classroom.”
Undergraduate Honors Teaching (and research) Support
- This semester the same UG I’ve been working with since spring 2018 completed a research project with me at the CDL, where we examined children’s home literacy practices. We then experimented with investigating children’s literacy preferences by giving them a choice of a digital or print book, and analyzed their text choice. We are currently analyzing data and writing up the manuscript to submit to a highly ranked early childhood literacy journal in April 2019.
- I supported the same undergraduate student from spring 2018 by serving as an Honors College course mentor. We designed a research project, collected and analyzed data, wrote a 2,000 word paper, and submitted it as a conference proposal to AERA.
- I mentored an undergraduate by helping her complete her honors project in my EDRE 4450 course. I helped her research a topic of interest and write a paper entitled, “Using Technology in the English Language Learner Classroom.”
- I mentored a graduate assistant in the PhD C&I program. This endeavor included classroom observations, meetings with the student, and an ongoing private, digital dialogue journal.